Philo Vance - Single Episodes
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PHILO VANCEPhilo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
Updated with Version 2 Files on 24-May-2007
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- 2006-07-22 00:31:45
Subject: A Classic Example of Old Time Radio ...
The music on Philip Marlowe is great. All perfect as it gets on the hot-tube radios of old.
Philo Vance often sounds more like late 30's radio... because Philo Vance was already from "the old days" in the 40's...Film Noir was the mood of many returning vets, and the War Effort was serious stuff... I do enjoy the interplay of Vance with Markham. Some cases are gritty and have some fine city toughs and dames. The unheralded actors in these old radio series really worked at their craft, writers too...and occasionally the action is gritty.
The organ "stings"? and the before and after commercials... it can be obtrusive and odd to modern ears.
This show's like Boston Blackie...or a host of others with an organist never far away. .
As for the download, I had no problem...opened fine. The sound quality is generally fine.
Note also the short timings are incorrect, as you can see if you play one with the player above. Ignore the odd two or three minutes... these are (except when really noted) are the normal half-hour without commercials.
Lastly, you can go to
https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Certified_Philo_Vance and do the zip of the "2 CD" download.
Subject: Philo Vance #58
Subject: Good Entertainment
Sadly but typically, the organist has not been credited for his sometimes heavy handed contributions. Geez-some of those chord choices! However difficult for us more contemporary listeners, it is part of the history of this wonderful genre; more, please.
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